Avalanche kills skiers near site of Sydney teen’s death
Three German skiers have been killed in an avalanche in Austria, just 20km from where tragic Sydney teen Max Meyer died under metres of snow last week.
A fourth man is still missing, police said. In Austria, the bodies of the men, aged 57, 36 and 32, were recovered Saturday evening near the ski resort of Lech, 20km from where 16-year-old Max Meyer died in an avalanche in the ski village of St Anton am Arlberg on Wednesday.
Police in Vorarlberg, Austria’s westernmost province, said they had to call off the search for the fourth German skier in the group, aged 28, because of heavy snow and the risk of avalanches.
Police said the four friends had apparently skied onto a trail that was closed. Although they had avalanche protection equipment and deployed airbags, the victims were buried by the avalanche and suffered multiple injuries.
Meanwhile in France, two ski patrollers were killed when the devices they use to trigger avalanches exploded.
The two accidents have brought to at least 26 the number of weather-related deaths reported in parts of Europe this month.